Nutritionists have since decades been advising us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods, because they cause thickening of the arteries, heart disease and strokes.
But flaws have been found in the science which warned us off eating eggs – along with other high-cholesterol foods such as butter, shellfish, bacon and liver — based on a key report in the US.
The warning that foods high in cholesterol are a danger to human health — has long divided the medical establishment.
Since the 1970s many experts have been arguing there is no connection between high cholesterol in food and dangerous levels of the fatty substance in the blood.
Now, the US government seems to have changed its stance on the issue, and is ready to accept advice to drop cholesterol from its list of ‘nutrients of concern’.
The US Department of Agriculture panel, which has been entrusted with the task of revamping the guidelines every 5 years, has announced it’ll bow to new research undermining the role dietary cholesterol plays in people’s heart health.
From now on its Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee won’t warn people to avoid eggs, shellfish and other cholesterol-laden foods.
The U-turn, will render almost 40 years of public health warnings about eating food laden with cholesterol, invalid. US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen, of the Cleveland Clinic, said: ‘It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.’
Doctors have now stopped warning about cholesterol and saturated fat instead have shifted focus to concern on sugar as the biggest dietary threat.
The Daily Mail’s GP Martin Scurr forecasts that the advice will change here in the UK as well.
He said last night: ‘I think we’re at a tipping point where cholesterol is concerned. There have been a lot of vested interests in people talking about cholesterol because it’s easy to convey to the public that fatty foods like butter, cheese and red meat are furring up their arteries. In fact there are many other risk factors involved but somehow we’ve become obsessed with cholesterol.’
A cardiologist practicing in London, Dr Aseem Malhotra, who’s the science director of campaign group Action On Sugar, wrote in the British Medical Journal that it was time to ‘bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease’.
He added that the food industry is to be blamed for the heart disease by turning to lowering saturated fat levels in food and replacing it with sugar.
Matt Ridley, a Tory peer and science author, yesterday called for an inquiry to ‘find out how the medical and scientific profession made such an epic blunder’.
He feels the change of advice in the US is a ‘mighty U-turn’ and opined studies connecting cholesterol and saturated fat in food to heart disease were ‘tinged with scandal’.